Over £35,000 raised by Integral’s Two Rivers Bike Ride

Photo by: Graham Webb

On Saturday 4th June, fuelled by 36 kilos of bananas, 200L of water, and an immeasurable amount of Jaffacakes, 148 Integral employees began a 100 mile charity bike ride starting from our central office in Aztec West, Bristol, to Symonds Yat, Monmouthshire.

John Eastley organised the original bike ride in 2012 in order to raise money for Dorothy House Hospice in recognition of all the care and support given to Integral’s National Procurement Manager, Steve Mogg. 50 sponsored cyclists took part in a 100 mile ride from Bristol to Birmingham. After the event, employees expressed that they would have liked to have taken part if the route was shorter, so the following years alternative routes were created so more riders could join in, with options to lessen their mileage to either 30 or 50.

Photo by: Graham Webb

The routes chosen for the 30, 50 and 100 mile rides avoided main roads as much as possible so the cyclists could benefit from some really great scenery and much needed support from friends, family, and colleagues along the way. The shortest route still allowed for cyclists to travel through picturesque Gloucestershire villages and along the Severn Bridge, and the longer routes took riders through the truly beautiful Welsh countryside and past the spectacular 12th century monastery Tintern Abbey.

This year 148 riders took part, and each rider had the option to choose their own charity to raise money for. The communal ‘Integral Two Rivers Ride’ Just Giving page stayed open for a further 6 weeks to allow late donations, and collectively, we have raised a massive £35,288.37 for charity. To encourage donations, a charity raffle was introduced with prizes ranging from puncture repair kits, to a Team Sky T-shirt signed by Geraint Thomas - the latter kindly donated to us by JLL.

Photo by: Graham Webb

The event took seven months of planning, and an approximate £4,000 cost to the company, but the payoff was incalculable. At Integral, we believe in a One Team Approach, and the team certainly proved that to be the case with everyone wanting to pitch in and help. We had riders travelling to Bristol for the event from our offices in Wallington and Exeter, and Graham Webb, a former employee, even came from Birmingham to photograph the entire event. 20 helpers stood by all day to help riders in need, and supply them with food and water at the designated pit stops.

If you want to take part next year, but cycling isn’t for you, you can still contribute by sponsoring riders, and by helping out on the day and during the lead up. Congratulations, thank you, and well done to everyone that took part this year - we look forward to doing it all over again next year.

‘A huge thank you, it must be said, to all that helped out on the day. They did a fantastic job and it really couldn’t have been done without them!’ - John Eastley, Wales Operations Manager.